Wednesday, August 27, 2008

KEO: Boks as confused as a chameleon on a smartie box

Although De Villiers may have thought he'd bought unlimited credit after his win against the All Blacks, unlimited credit when it comes to the Boks means no more than a hattrick of losses. It does seem - even just based on De Villiers' own words - that he doesn't have a clear sense of what he wants. And that doesn't instill confidence; not in the players or the fans. At least that is my perception.
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I’ve been in the Bok change room when Harry Viljoen spoke of the romance of never taking contact and offloading in the tackle and running into space. Just after he had convinced the players this was the way of the future, assistant Bok coach Andre Markgraaff politely told the players to disregard whatever Viljoen had said and that they should play to their strengths, which was to set targets, make contact and from there play the secondary phases. The poor buggers were as confused as a chameleon on a smartie box.

First things first: this obsession of De Villiers to play new-age rugby must stop because there is nothing revolutionary about what the Bok coach talks in terms of a vision.

There was also nothing conservative about his predecessors’ approach to Test rugby.
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